Martin Levine's Biography

Martin D. Levine received his B. Eng. and M. Eng. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McGill University, Montreal, in 1960 and 1963, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, London, England, in 1965. He is a Lifetime Fellow of the IEEE (FIEEE), Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE), and the International Association for Pattern Recognition (FIAPR). In 2005, he was nominated for the Prix du Québec by McGill University.

The first academic in Canada to teach courses on Computer Vision as well as Artificial Intelligence, he has consulted for various government agencies and industrial organizations in these areas. Currently a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University, Dr. Levine served as the founding Director of the McGill Centre for Intelligent Machines (CIM) from 1986 to 1998. During 1972-1973 he was a member of the Technical Staff at the Image Processing Laboratory of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA where he worked on the vision system for a future Mars Rover. During the 1979-1980 academic year, he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

His research interests include computer vision, image processing and artificial intelligence, and he has numerous publications to his credit on these topics. Dr. Levine was a founding partner of AutoVu Technologies Inc. and VisionSphere Technologies Inc. for which he was the Chief Scientific Officer. He was also a member of the Scientific Board of ART Advanced Research Technologies Inc. and is now a technical advisor to SPORTLOGiQ, which is located in Montreal.

Dr. Levine authored the book entitled “Vision in Man and Machine” and co-authored “Computer Assisted Analyses of Cell Locomotion and Chemotaxis”. Active in several professional organizations, Dr. Levine has served on the Editorial Boards of Computer Vision and Understanding, the IEEE Transactions On Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Pattern Recognition, and Pattern Recognition and Computer Vision. He was the Editor of the Plenum Book Series on Advances in Computer Vision and Machine Intelligence. During the summer of 1984, he was the General Chairman of the Seventh International Conference on Pattern Recognition held in Montreal and served as President of the International Association of Pattern Recognition during 1988-1990.

The founding President of the Canadian Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society, Dr. Levine was presented with the 1997 Canadian Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society Service Award for his outstanding contributions to research and education in Computer Vision.

Dr. Levine was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in 1984. During the period 1990-96 he served as a CIAR / PRECARN Associate. He is a Lifetime Fellow of the IEEE and the International Association for Pattern Recognition.

McGill Centre for Intelligent Machines Founders Symposium 2017

On November 9th, 2017, the Centre for Intelligent Machines (CIM) at McGill University held its 2017 Founders Symposium in Montreal. A range of invited speakers who have made important contributions to the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics gave talks highlighting current advances in the state of the art, while emphasizing the historical context of these works. The Symposium celebrated the life’s work of two retiring founders of CIM: Martin D. Levine and Jorge Angeles. Both have stayed on at McGill as Emeritus Professors.

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